Fernando Alonso says he’s “able to carry one thing particular” when he joins Aston Martin subsequent season.
Alonso, who withdrew from his final race with Alpine on Sunday, hopes his standing as F1’s most skilled driver ever can lead his new group to outcomes. good.
“I consider I could make a distinction relating to the important thing moments of a race or expertise,” mentioned Alonso.
“All of us have a excessive expertise for quick driving; it is all concerning the head and the way you management sure issues.”
The 41-year-old Spaniard says he is completed two years in Alpine after returning to the very best of his profession, after two years leaving F1 in 2019 and 2020 to race on this planet. Different class.
“Previous couple of races [of the season]like Mexico or Austin or Brazil, I feel I am getting nearer to the place I used to be in 2012 or 2010 or one thing like final yr once I wasn’t in management,” mentioned Alonso.
“Final yr, I wasn’t 100 per cent assured with the automotive or my comeback. The season was nice, however this yr I’ve picked up the tempo way more and am way more happy with what occurred. “
Ending his Alpine profession by retiring in Abu Dhabi was a considerably becoming conclusion to a season marred by poor reliability, costing him round 50-60 factors and denying the chance. probability to complete the championship because the lead driver exterior the highest three.
He mentioned his place on this yr’s championship “has nothing” to do with him.
“What issues is what I really feel inside,” he mentioned. And even when I rating effectively and rank effectively, I in all probability do not have the very best feeling. This yr, even when I do not rating any factors, I do know I’ll transfer on to subsequent yr and a brand new undertaking understanding that I’m 100% dedicated to the game once more.”
Alonso conducts his first check session for Aston Martin in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, when he joins from Alpine on a brand new contract that can final no less than two years.
And he believes he can carry success to a group that has completed seventh on this yr’s constructors’ championship.
“I simply maintain going as a result of I consider we may have an opportunity,” mentioned Alonso. “Subsequent yr to shut the hole is unrealistic, however we have to lay the groundwork for future vehicles and carry out higher than these round us.
“It is a very aggressive atmosphere and to be a champion you’ll want to carry one thing particular. I’m able to carry one thing particular from my aspect and I anticipate the identical from them. .”
The final time Alonso received a race was in 2013 and received the second of his two in 2006. However he says he continues to consider he can climb. the head of the game once more.
“Finally successful the championship is what drives me every single day so [I am] nonetheless desirous about the third particular person Fernando Alonso ‘able to ship one thing particular’ at Aston Martin might be attainable sometime,” he mentioned.
“Perhaps not subsequent yr, however who is aware of sooner or later. And now with this Aston Martin undertaking, there are different issues that attraction to me – attempting to construct the group not from scratch however after this yr they’re hoping [to be] a lot better within the subsequent few seasons.
“They’ve lots of new individuals on the group, nice expertise, new services so it looks like I am in at this level the place we are able to all be on one thing collectively and be champions.” world enemy sometime.
“I do not know if I’d have pushed the automotive that yr but when not, I hope by some means I am going to nonetheless be within the group and nonetheless be happy with that championship.”
Alonso mentioned he anticipated to remain in F1 for no less than “two to 3 years”.
“I am going to take it yr by yr,” mentioned Alonso. “Final season [I was] perhaps not 100%. If I do a number of seasons like final yr, despite the fact that I look good on the skin, I am not happy with myself, perhaps I’ll cease.
“And [if I drive like I did] equivalent to this yr, which I really feel very happy with, I’ll proceed whatever the outcome subsequent yr as a result of I do know that regardless of the outcome, I can contribute to the group. “
However he says he has needed to alter his preparation for F1 as he will get older.
“I’ve to alter lots of issues as a result of in the mean time of my profession, the bodily facet, I’ve to alter a few of my coaching habits, journey, occasions,” mentioned Alonso.
“F1 requires lots of vitality, even off the monitor. So perhaps I’ve to be extra productive on the weekends or the weeks. Bodily, I’ve to do greater than what I do. used to do as a result of I am not 20 anymore.”